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Prior rights and registered intellectual property

This article explores if the exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and what is the scope of such rights across Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, UAE and the UK.

 

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Canadian government’s IP strategy seeks to boost innovation, increase IP literacy, and rein-in patent trolls

The intellectual property (IP) strategy, unveiled by the Government of Canada recently, aims to boost Canadian innovation and presence in the global technological market by enhancing IP awareness and savviness, introducing IP education and advice programs, offering strategic IP tools for growth, and implementing legislative amendments. The government plans to invest $83.5 million over five years to help Canadian businesses understand, protect and access IP.

 

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How to protect trade secrets following the departure of a key employee

Employers must keep in mind the fact that there is a thin line between, on the one hand, confidential information belonging to a company that remains protected by virtue of the duty of loyalty and, on the other hand, the personal knowledge and skills that an employee has acquired throughout the years and is entitled to bring to a competitor.

 

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Privacy damages awarded for commercial use of a person’s image in a public setting

Organizations which use images for commercial purposes would be wise to seek the consent of all persons appearing in such images, even where the images are made in a public setting.

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal confirms broad scope of Crown copyright

In order to protect their ownership of copyright, organisations whose works might be published by the government should obtain any necessary assignments or waivers, since the Crown copyright regime does not apply if there is a private arrangement with the work’s author.

 

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Updated: Nova Scotia passes new cyber-bullying legislation

On October 5, 2017, the Nova Scotia Legislature introduced Bill No. 27, the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act. The Act comes as Nova Scotia’s previous cyber-bullying legislation, the Cyber-safety Act, was struck down in 2015 by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on constitutional challenge.

 

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Oh those trademark scammers

Never hesitate to enquire as to whether a solicitation received by email or mail regarding your Intellectual Property is legitimate. It is important to read the fine print to a solicitation to determine whether or not it comes from the CIPO.

 

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BCCA eyes enforceability of restrictive covenant in IRIS appeal

Restrictive covenants are often a key component of employment agreements and commercial transactions. Enforceability, however, can be challenging, especially in the employment context

 

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Competition Bureau releases big data white paper for public comment

The white paper provides useful initial guidance on how the Bureau may apply the existing framework under the Act to various competition considerations related to big data and algorithms that have been examined so far.

 

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Federal Court releases new guidelines for actions under the amended PMNOC Regulations

On September 21, 2017, the Federal Court released the Guidelines for Actions under the Amended PMNOC Regulations (the “Guidelines”) to coincide with the coming-into-force of the amended PMNOC Regulations (“PMNOC Regulations”).

 

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Conducting an internal investigation? Here are 4 things to consider

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Many internal investigations (such as harassment claims, fraud, misuse of company assets, etc) often involve the use of digital devices and may require a forensic analysis of those devices to find evidence of an employee’s actions.

 

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That’s a wrap: Springboard profits, full cost accounting, and more from the Federal Court in Dow v. Nova

Overall, the decision provides clarification about the Federal Court’s approach to a diverse range of issues which can arise in accounting of profits cases. Moreover, the decision is the latest demonstration of the Federal Court’s willingness to consider flexible approaches to procedural and substantive issues to enable just and expeditious outcomes.

 

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What HR needs to know about investigating an employee’s digital activity

You’ve been asked to review the digital activity of an employee. Your company has some concerns, and wants you to investigate. With the amount of enterprise-level technology and controls that most companies now have, shouldn’t that be fairly straightforward?

 

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Major changes to Canada’s export and technology transfer controls coming into force shortly

The Government of Canada has announced that a new version of the Guide to Canada’s Export Controls (the “Guide”) will come into effect on August 11, 2017. The Guide lists the goods and technology subject to export and technology transfer controls.

 

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Protecting trade secrets when employees depart

Several recent court cases in the United States focus on the misappropriation of trade secrets by employees departing technology companies. These high profile American cases are a reminder that Canadian companies face the same issues.

 

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